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Paul Starr





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  • "How Gilded Ages End," The American Prospect (Spring 2015), 31-39.
  • "The Health Care Legacy of the Great Society," in Norman J. Glickman, Laurence E. Lynn and Robert H. Wilson, eds., LBJ's Neglected Legacy: The Policy and Management Legacies of the Johnson Years (University of Texas Press, 2015).
  • "Law and the Fog of Health Care," Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law and Policy 6 (2013), 213-228.
  • "Obama's BFD Second-Term Agenda," The American Prospect (January-February 2013), 20-29.
  • "The Mandate Miscalculation," The New Republic (December 29, 2011), 11-13.
  • "The Medicare Bind," American Prospect (November 2011), 24-35.
  • " An Unexpected Crisis: The News Media in Post-Industrial Democracies" in John Lloyd and Janice Winter (eds.), Media, Politics and the Public (Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, 2011), 21-29; reprinted in International Journal of Press/Politics (2012)17: 234-242. See also Michael Schudson and Katherine Fink, "Guiding Starr: Freedom of expression is not freedom of the press" Columbia Journalism Review (May-June 2012).
  • "Die Unerwartete Krise der Vierten Gewalt," Transit [Vienna] (Fall 2011), 170-173.
  • "Dodging a Bullet: Democracy's Gains in Modern War," in Elizabeth Kier and Ronald R. Krebs, eds., In War's Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • "America's 20-Year Tug-of-War," American Prospect (September 2010), 24-28.
  • "The Next Health-Reform Campaign," American Prospect (September 2010), A3-A7.
  • Underrating Reform," American Prospect, March 2010.
  • "Governing in the Age of Fox News," The Atlantic (January-February 2010).
  • "The Liberal State in a Digital World," Governance 23 (January 2010), 1-6.
  • "Professionalization and Public Health: Historical Legacies, Continuing Dilemmas," Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (Nov. 2009), S26?S30.
  • "Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)" The New Republic, March 4, 2009, 28-35. Spanish translation: Adios a la era de los periodicos (se inicia una nueva era de corrupcion)" Fundacion Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano.
  • "Democratic Theory and the History of Communications," in Barbie Zelizer, ed., Explorations in Communications and History (Routledge, 2008), 34-44.
  • "A New Deal of Their Own" The American Prospect (March 2008), A6-7.
  • "The Democrats' Strategic Challenge" The American Prospect (January-February 2008), 12-15.
  • "The Hillarycare Mythology" The American Prospect (October 2007), 12-18.
  • "Why Liberalism Works" The American Prospect (April 2007), 34-40.
  • "War and Liberalism," The New Republic, March 5 and 12, 2007.
  • "Little Magazine, Big Ideas" The American Prospect (May 2005), 26-32.
  • "Social Transformation Twenty Years On," in ?Transforming American Medicine: A Twenty-Year Retrospective on The Social Transformation of American Medicine, ed. by Keith Wailoo, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, and Mark Schlesinger, Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law 29 (4/5, 2004), 1005-1019. [Note: my essay is a response to the 19 papers in the volume.]
  • "Health Care's Big Choice," The American Prospect 10 (October 2004), 30-33.
  • "The Great Telecom Implosion," The American Prospect (September 9, 2002), 20-24.
  • "Health Care Reform and the New Economy," Health Affairs 19 (November-December 2000), 23-32.
  • "The Electronic Commons," The American Prospect (March 27-April 10, 2000), 30-34.
  • "Health and the Right to Privacy,"American Journal of Law and Medicine 25 (1999), 193-202.
  • "An Emerging Democratic Majority," The American Prospect no. 35 (November-December 1997): 18-27. Adapted and reprinted from Stanley Greenberg and Theda Skocpol, eds., The New Majority (Yale University Press, 1997).
  • "Smart Technology, Stunted Policy: Developing Health Information Networks," Health Affairs 15 (May-Jun 1997), 91-105.
  • "Computing Our Way to Educational Reform," The American Prospect no. 27 (July-August 1996): 50-59. Reprinted in the Journal of Mediated Communication 11 (December 1996), 1-17.
  • "Reinventing Vital Statistics: The Impact of Changes in Information Technology, Welfare Policy, and Health Care," Public Health Reports 110 (September/October 1995): 534-544.
  • "What Happened to Health Care Reform?" The American Prospect no. 20 (Winter 1995): 20-31.
  • "Seductions of Sim: Policy as a Simulation Game," The American Prospect, no. 17 (Spring 1994), 19-29.
  • "Delivering Health Reform," The American Prospect, no. 16 (Winter 1994): 32-41.
  • "For the Clinton Plan," The New Republic (December 6, 1993): 28-31.
  • "The Framework of Health Care Reform," New England Journal of Medicine 329 (November 25, 1993): 1666-1672.
  • "Bridge to Compromise: Competition Under a Budget," Health Affairs (Supplement 1993): 7-23 [with Walter A. Zelman].
  • "Design of Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperatives," Health Affairs (Supplement 1993): 58-64.
  • "Healthy Compromise: Universal Coverage and Managed Competition Under a Cap," The American Prospect No. 12 (Winter 1993): 44-52.
  • "The Middle Class and National Health Reform," The American Prospect No. 6 (Summer 1991): 7-12.
  • "The Politics of Health Care Inequalities," in David E. Rogers and Eli Ginzberg, eds., Medical Care and the Health of the Poor (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993), 21-32.
  • "A New Deal for the Young,? in Paul N. Van de Water and Lisbeth B. Schorr, eds, Security for America's Children: Proceedings of the Fourth Conference of the National Academy of Social Insurance (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company 1993).
  • "Social Categories and Claims in the Liberal State," Social Research 59 (Summer 1992): 263-95; different version published in Mary Douglas and David Hull, eds., How Classification Works: Nelson Goodman Among the Social Sciences (Edinburgh University Press, 1992), 154-79.
  • "Liberalism After Socialism," The American Prospect, no. 7 (Fall 1991): 70-80.
  • "Can Government Work?" The American Prospect no. 2 (Summer 1990): 38-50; reprinted in John F. Sears, ed., Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Future of Liberalism (Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute/Meckler, 1991), 95-108.
  • "The New Life of the Liberal State: Privatization and the Restructuring of State-Society Relations" in John Waterbury and Ezra Suleiman, eds., Public Enterprise and Privatization (Westview, 1990), 22-54.
  • "The Meaning of Privatization," Yale Law and Policy Review 6 (1988): 6-41. Reprinted in Alfred Kahn and Sheila Kamerman, eds., Privatization and the Welfare State (Princeton University Press, 1989).
  • "Social Security and the American Public Household," in Theodore Marmor and Jerry L. Mashaw, eds., Social Security: Beyond the Rhetoric of Crisis (Princeton University Press, 1988), 119-48.
  • "The Limits of Privatization," in Steve Hanke, ed., Prospects for Privatization (Academy of Political Science, 1987): 124-137. Reprinted in Dennis J. Gayle and Jonathan N. Goodrich, eds. Privatization and Deregulation in Global Perspective (Quorum, 1990). Reprinted in a revised and expanded form as a report of the Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C, 1988.
  • "Health Care and the Boundaries of Politics," with Ellen Immergut, in Charles Maier, ed., The Changing Boundaries of the Political (Cambridge University Press, 1987), 221-254.
  • "The Sociology of Official Statistics," in Alonso and Starr, eds., The Politics of Numbers, 7-57.
  • "Who Will Have the Numbers? The Rise of the Statistical Services Industry and the Politics of Public Data," with Ross Corson, in Alonso and Starr, eds., The Politics of Numbers, 415-447.
  • "Health Care for the Poor: The Past Twenty Years," in Sheldon Danziger and Daniel Weinberg, eds., Fighting Poverty: What Works and What Doesn't (Harvard University Press, 1986), 106-32.
  • "The United States: A Social Forcast" (with Theodore Marmor) in Jean de Kervasdoue, et al., eds., The End of an Illusion: The Future of Health Policy in Western Industrialized Nations (University of California Press, 1985).
  • "The Laissez-Faire Elixir," The New Republic, April 18, 1983.
  • "Medical Care and the Pursuit of Equality in America," in President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, Securing Access to Health Care, v. 2, Appendices, 2-22.
  • "The Electronic Reader," Daedalus 112 (Winter 1983): 143-56.
  • "Evolution in Defeat: The Changing Objective of National Health Insurance, 1915-1980," American Journal of Public Health 72 (January 1982): 78-88.
  • "The Phantom Community," in John Case and Rosemary Taylor, eds., Co-ops, Communes and Collectives: Social Experiments from the 1960s and 1970s (Pantheon, 1979.
  • "Passive Intervention," Working Papers for a New Society, July/August, 1979, with Gosta Esping-Andersen.
  • "Medicine and the Waning of Professional Sovereignty," Daedalus, Winter 1978.
  • "Medicine, Economy and Society in Nineteenth-Century America," Journal of Social History, Summer 1977.
  • "The Politics of Therapeutic Nihilism," Working Papers for a New Society, Summer 1976; reprinted in the Hastings Center Report, October 1976.
  • "The Undelivered Health System," The Public Interest, Winter 1976.
  • "Politics Against Government," The New Republic, December 27, 1975.
  • "The Doctors' Discomfort," The New Republic, June 10, 1975.
  • "The New Medicine," The New Republic, April 19, 1975.
  • "A National Health Program: Organizing Diversity," Hastings Center Report, February 1975.
  • "The Edge of Social Science," Harvard Educational Review 44 (November 1974): 393-415.
  • "Transforming the Libraries," Change, November 1974.


  • "Is the Past in Our Future?" [Review of Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century] Contemporary Sociology (November 2014).
  • "The Growth Paradox: If Our Technology Is So Smart, Why Aren't We All Getting Richer?" The New Republic (July 14, 2014), 37-41.
  • "From the Frame-Maker: Al From helped create the symbolic politics and policies of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Are they still relevant?" Democracy (Summer 2014).
  • "A Different Road to a Fair Society," New York Review of Books May 22, 2014.
  • "A Wasted Crisis? Why Democrats Did So Little to Change Wall Street," The New Republic (July 15, 2013), 48-53.
  • "Tomorrow Today"[online: "Nate Silver and the Future of Prediction"] The New Republic (December 31, 2012).
  • "Politics in the Orbit of Money" The New Republic (September 13, 2012; online August 24, 2012), 28-31. [PDF].
  • "Cockroaches and Compromise," The New Republic (May 10, 2012), 31-33.
  • "The Manichean World of Timothy Wu," American Prospect (July-August 2011), 63-66.[Review of The Master Switch.]
  • "Liberalism for Now" New York Review of Books, July 16, 2009. Review of Ronald Dworkin, Is Democracy Possible Here?.
  • "Welcome to the Party," The New Republic, Nov. 19, 2008, 39-42. Review of Nancy Rosenblum's On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship.
  • "Freedom's Future Online," The American Prospect (July-August, 2008), 38-41. Review of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain.
  • "The Return of the Nativist" The New Republic June 21, 2004, 25-28. [on Samuel Huntington's Who Are We?]
  • Review of Jason DeParle, American Dream, The New York Times, Nov. 3, 2004, E8.
  • "Women's Work," The New York Times Book Review (February 11, 2001), 10. [On Ann Crittenden's The Price of Motherhood.]
  • "The Public Vanishes," The New Republic (August 14, 2000), 35-37 [On Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone.]
  • "Scored for Life," The New Republic November 29, 1999.[On Nicholas Lemann's The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy.]
  • Review of Theda Skocpol's Boomerang: Clinton's Health Security Effort and the Turn Against Government in U.S. Politics,Contemporary Sociology(March-April 1997):150-153.
  • "Nothing Neo," The New Republic (December 4, 1995), 35-38.[On Irving Kristol's Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea.]
  • Review of Annalee Saxenian, Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994), in Contemporary Sociology (May 1995).
  • "Revel Without a Cause," The New Republic, February 3,1992.[On Jean-Francois Revel's The Flight From Truth.]
  • "Good Offices," The New Republic, July 23, 1990.[On James Q. Wilson's Bureaucracy.]
  • "The Price of Pessimism," The New Republic, January 23, 1989. [On Nathan Glazer's The Limits of Social Policy.]
  • "Losing More Ground," The New Republic, December 5, 1988. [On Charles Murray's In Pursuit.]
  • Review of Robert Jay Lifton, The Nazi Doctors, in The New Republic, November 24, 1986.
  • Review of Patricia Cline Cohen, A Calculating People: The Rise of Numeracy in Early America, in The New Republic, February 13, 1984.
  • Review of Bruce Vladeck, Unloving Care: The Nursing Home Tragedy, in The New York Times Book Review, April 16, 1980.
  • Review of William J. Wilson, The Declining Significance of Race and Dorothy K. Newman, et al., Protest, Politics and Prosperity in The New York Times Book Review, January 7, 1979.
  • "Hollywood's New Ideal of Masculinity," The New York Times (Sunday Arts & Leisure), July 16, 1978.
  • "The Helpers and the Renegades" The New York Times Book Review, May 21, 1978. [On Willard Gaylin et al.'s Doing Good).
  • "How They Fail" Working Papers for a New Society, March/April 1978. [On Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward's Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail.]
  • Review of Robert Coles, Children of Crisis, vols. 4 and 5, The New York Times Book Review, January 22, 1978.
  • Review of Godfrey Hodgson, America in Our Time and Morris Dickstein, Gates of Eden, in The New Republic, May 24, 1977.
  • Review of Robert Nisbet, Sociology as an Art Form, in The New York Times Book Review, October 31, 1976.
  • Review of Roberto Unger, Knowledge and Politics, in The New Republic, March 20, 1976.
  • Review of Kirkpatrick Sale, Power Shift, in The New Republic, December 13, 1975.
  • Review of Charles Kadushin, The American Intellectual Elite, in The New York Times Book Review, September 15, 1974.
  • Review of Alvin Gouldner, For Sociology, in The New York Times Book Review, February 2, 1974.
  • Review of Michael Young and Peter Wilmott, The Symmetrical Family, in The New York Times Book Review, February 3, 1974.
  • Review of Robert Jay Lifton, Home From the War, in Worldview, October 1973.



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